Press watchdog Sir Alan Moses urged journalists to keep a copy of McNae’s in their “knapsacks” as he launched the 23rd and latest edition of the media law guide.
The Indepdendent Press Standards Organisation chairman gave the keynote address at a launch event for the new edition of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists held last week.
The updated edition includes new guidance on the changes in press regulation since the Leveson Inquiry and recent changes to the Editor’s Code of Practice.
Sir Alan, pictured at the event below, praised the book for its “clear and correct” explanation of how regulation works and warned journalists to “ignore it at their peril.”
He told the gathering: “It is not possible to conceive of anyone who wants to be taken seriously as a journalist or as an editor, without McNae’s 23rd edition well-thumbed and inwardly digested in his or her knapsack.
“If you leave it behind, if you ignore it, you do so not only at your own peril but at the peril of all those who fight for and believe in an untamed unruly and a free press.
“We at IPSO must congratulate you on managing to succeed in dispelling ignorance and misinformation in a field so ripe with such vices.
“You at least understand and explain what regulation is about… Chapter 2 gives a clear and correct summary of how regulation works through IPSO and clarifies what has become, all too unnecessarily, opaque and complex; you are one of the few who have understood and because you understand can explain the dreary mechanisms of the Charter and recognition.”
The event, supported by Oxford University Press, was held at the headquarters of News UK at The Shard, London and organised by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
As well as the current editors, Mike Dodd and Mark Hanna, guests included News UK chief executive officer Rebekah Brooks and the family of the late Leonard McNae, the original author.